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Most guitarists playing the same song simultaneously [June 5] Kansas City,...--A world record attempt in Kansas
City brought together hundreds of guitarists to Community America
Ballpark over the weekend. 1,683 guitar players joined together
to play Deep Purple's song "Smoke on the Water."
Nate Gueltzau, of Maysville, Mo., joins 1,683 fellow guitarists
on the field at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.,
Sunday, June 3, 2007. The guitarists attempted a world record by
playing the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water" at the same time.
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
In front of a large audience, they all picked at the
song's five-minute infamous guitar riff. Participants were all different
ages and experience levels coming from as far away as California
Some came from as far away as California and Germany
on Sunday to take part in a Kansas City radio station's effort to
break a Guinness world record for the most people playing the same
song simultaneously. The record had been 1,323 people playing the
same song in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1994.
numbers show 1,683 people played the popular early '70s guitar riff
on Sunday at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
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"I thought it was going to be kind of cheesy,"
said Hannah Koch, of Prairie Village, who came clad in an elf costume.
"But after I got here, I got caught up in the excitement of it."
Tanna Guthrie, a morning show host for
KYYS (99.7 FM), came up with the idea for the record attempt. She
said her station will send participant sign-up lists, photos, videos
and copies of media coverage to Guinness seeking official recognition
of a record. Guthrie said she chose
"Smoke on the Water," a track off Deep Purple's "Machine Head" album,
because it's one of the first songs many guitarists learn. "You
never know if you can pull something like this off," she said.
The NEW world record:
guitarists playing the same song simultaneously-Germany